Algerian cellco Ooredoo (Nedjma) and French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent have built a high-capacity optical transport network (OTN) in order to deliver increased speed and capacity to Algeria’s main cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran and a number of smaller towns. The agile optical network, which the vendor claims is ‘Africa’s first Alcatel-Lucent 400G backbone’, will be fully operational before the end of 2014. The network will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical transport technology using the 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform to address demand for high-bandwidth mobile data services such as high-definition video streaming, next-generation mobile broadband applications and cloud services. Alcatel-Lucent is also supplying Ooredoo Algeria with its soft decision forward error correction (SD-FEC)-based 100G coherent optical technology, which was developed using the company’s 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE).
Joseph Ged, CEO of Ooredoo Algeria commented: ‘Ooredoo Algeria has the fastest growing 3G network in the country and in North Africa. Our 400G network will be instrumental to support the best quality of experience (QoE) for our customers as well as to increase our market share in Algeria. Through this game-changing achievement we intend to consolidate our technology leadership within the Maghreb region and also in Algeria in order to offer to our clients best-in-class network in terms of capacity and speed.’